Imported stayer Kapour is currently available at 2015 Grafton Cup odds of $3.50 and he is a clear favourite to make it two wins on the trot in the Listed event tomorrow afternoon.
Kapour made a slow start to his racing career in Australia, but he produced the best performance of his racing career to date when he recorded a dominant four and a half lengths victory in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens on June 27.
Trainer Ciaron Maher admitted that he has to keep Kapour fresh following his Winter Cup victory, but he still believes that the Toylsome gelding is a genuine winning chance in the Grafton Cup tomorrow afternoon.
“He looked like the other day that he would run out a solid 2600 metres on a heavy track, so he is back to 2350 and it is probably going to be a better surface,” Maher told Racing Ahead.
“We have just had to keep him ticking over, but he has done really well and he is nice and bright.
“He will travel up tonight from Sydney and he is in good order.
“He will be on speed somewhere and Macca (Kerron McEvoy) can just place him as to the speed of the race.
“From barrier six he is going to be there somewhere, but if something wants to really nip across and take it up with a lead at all cost scenario, I suppose he would just let them go and sit on their tail.”
Bonfire finished second behind Kapour in the Winter Cup and he is currently on the second line of Grafton Cup betting markets at a quote of $5.
The Manduro gelding is still chasing his first race win in Australia, but he has form around the likes of Sons Of John, Big Memory, Gris Caro, Greatwood and He’s Your Man.
Chris Waller has a strong hand in the Grafton Cup and his leading contender is the consistent Reigning, who is on the third line of betting at a quote of $7, while the likes of Ipswich Cup winner Danchai ($9) and Gosh ($26) are both available at lengthier odds.
Mornington Cup winner Banca Mo has performed well in the Ipswich Cup and the Tattersall’s Cup at his past two starts and the former Tasmanian galloper is currently available at odds of $9, while the clear market mover in Grafton Cup betting markets is Gerald Ryan-trained Shoreham, who has been backed from $13 into $9 with Ladbrokes.
There has also been a sprinkling of support for Phrases ($41 into $34) and Archean ($34 into $26), while Darci Be Good ($11 out to $13) and Dream Folk ($15 out to $17) have both been on the drift.